A Child of Royalty

Mastering Mental Health

Mastering Mental Health


When I tell people my father died of a brain tumor, I feel sympathy.

When I tell people my mother has schizophrenia, I feel shame and judgment.

It is with delight that I announce that Susan Mccormick will be joining the United Way Community Impact Forum on Friday, July 25, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Stimpson Auditorium at ShenandoahUniversity’s Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business.

Susan serves as the Community Liaison for Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental health and a partner with the National Institute for Civil Discourse of which George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are Honory Chairs.

Listen on Shenandoah County Q102, Wednesday, July 16 at  9:10 a.m.  as I join the discussion regarding the upcoming United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Impact Forum regarding Mental Health issues and the upcoming visit of keynote Speaker CNN senior producer Wayne Drash. 

Join me as I introduce CNN Senior Producer and author of On These Courts, www.OnTheseCourts.com,

Wayne Drash at the upcoming United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Impact Forum.

Mr. Drash will be the Keynote Speaker on the topic of The Challenges of Mental Illness.

The Forum will be held on Friday, July 25, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Stimpson Auditorium, Shenandoah University Byrd School of Business. 


Award-winning author Wayne Drash specializes in stories off the radar of most mainstream journalists. His passion is to tell narratives about life and the unfolding drama of the world we live in. One of his primary beats has become the issue of mental illness in America.

 Drash was recently presented with the Atlanta Press Club's Award of Excellence for digital reporting and, in 2012, he was named the nation's second best digital writer by the National Headliner Awards. His first book, On These Courts, an inspirational story about a former NBA All-Star's devotion to at-risk youth received a Christopher Award this year for capturing the best of the human spirit.

Drash holds a degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.

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Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness and Risks and Resilience Factors Affecting Mental Illness Presentation to the School of Nursing staff at Shenandoah University.

Joe Shtulman, President of the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV)and Diana Ketterman, Mental Health Author/Speaker met with 2014-15 Sherando High School DECA officers Lauren Robertson and Tiffani Warren (not shown),Jason Uhry, DECA Sponsor and Deb Carper, Marketing Department Head (not shown).


The DECA students will be partnering with the UWNSV in a creative marketing campaign, Erase the Stigma.   This community school partnership will encourage early intervention and help youth and their families understand the issues of mental illness and the availability of mental health support services.  It will include a local Text, Talk, Act campaign as modeled by the national organization Creating Community Solutions.


Diana Ketterman will serve as the Community Project Coordinator as well as a presenter of her Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness presentation in the upcoming school year.


Watch this site for project updates throughout the year.

Diana Ketterman

Author of A Child of Royalty and guest speaker on issues relating to mental health